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Related to receive: Recieve
v. -ceived, -ceiv•ing. v.t.
When you receive something, someone gives it to you, or it arrives after it has been sent to you. Get is used in a similar way. You use receive in formal writing and get in conversation and in less formal writing.
For example, in a business letter you might write 'I received a letter from Mr Jones', but in conversation and in less formal writing you would say or write 'I got a letter from Mr Jones'.
You can say that someone receives or gets a wage, salary, or pension.
You can also say that someone receives or gets help or advice.
Past participle: received
|Verb||1.||receive - get something; come into possession of; "receive payment"; "receive a gift"; "receive letters from the front"|
hustle - get by trying hard; "she hustled a free lunch from the waiter"
accept - receive (a report) officially, as from a committee
fence - receive stolen goods
acquire, get - come into the possession of something concrete or abstract; "She got a lot of paintings from her uncle"; "They acquired a new pet"; "Get your results the next day"; "Get permission to take a few days off from work"
accept, take, have - receive willingly something given or offered; "The only girl who would have him was the miller's daughter"; "I won't have this dog in my house!"; "Please accept my present"
graduate - receive an academic degree upon completion of one's studies; "She graduated in 1990"
inherit - receive by genetic transmission; "I inherited my good eyesight from my mother"
|2.||receive - receive a specified treatment (abstract); "These aspects of civilization do not find expression or receive an interpretation"; "His movie received a good review"; "I got nothing but trouble for my good intentions"|
change - undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"
take - ascertain or determine by measuring, computing or take a reading from a dial; "take a pulse"; "A reading was taken of the earth's tremors"
|3.||receive - register (perceptual input); "pick up a signal"|
perceive, comprehend - to become aware of through the senses; "I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon"
hear - receive a communication from someone; "We heard nothing from our son for five years"
|4.||receive - go through (mental or physical states or experiences); "get an idea"; "experience vertigo"; "get nauseous"; "receive injuries"; "have a feeling"|
suffer, sustain, have, get - undergo (as of injuries and illnesses); "She suffered a fracture in the accident"; "He had an insulin shock after eating three candy bars"; "She got a bruise on her leg"; "He got his arm broken in the scuffle"
undergo - pass through; "The chemical undergoes a sudden change"; "The fluid undergoes shear"; "undergo a strange sensation"
take - experience or feel or submit to; "Take a test"; "Take the plunge"
horripilate - have one's hair stand on end and get goosebumps; "I horripilate when I see violence on television"
|5.||receive - express willingness to have in one's home or environs; "The community warmly received the refugees"|
welcome - receive someone, as into one's house
absorb - assimilate or take in; "The immigrants were quickly absorbed into society"
see - receive as a specified guest; "the doctor will see you now"; "The minister doesn't see anybody before noon"
assume - take up someone's soul into heaven; "This is the day when May was assumed into heaven"
induct - admit as a member; "We were inducted into the honor society"
|6.||receive - accept as true or valid; "He received Christ"|
accept - consider or hold as true; "I cannot accept the dogma of this church"; "accept an argument"
|7.||receive - bid welcome to; greet upon arrival|
|8.||receive - convert into sounds or pictures; "receive the incoming radio signals"|
convert - change the nature, purpose, or function of something; "convert lead into gold"; "convert hotels into jails"; "convert slaves to laborers"
|9.||receive - experience as a reaction; "My proposal met with much opposition"|
|10.||receive - have or give a reception; "The lady is receiving Sunday morning"|
|11.||receive - receive as a retribution or punishment; "He got 5 years in prison"|
|12.||receive - partake of the Holy Eucharist sacrament|
Christian religion, Christianity - a monotheistic system of beliefs and practices based on the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus as embodied in the New Testament and emphasizing the role of Jesus as savior
|13.||receive - regard favorably or with disapproval; "Her new collection of poems was not well received"|
all contributions will be gratefully received → todas las contribuciones que nos lleguen serán bien recibidas
she received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 → le otorgaron el premio Nobel de la Paz en 1989
I never received her message → nunca llegué a recibir su mensaje, nunca me llegó su mensaje
she received no support from her colleagues → sus colegas no la apoyaron
he received a wound in the leg → resultó herido en la pierna, sufrió una herida en la pierna
he received a blow to the head → recibió un golpe en la cabeza
a bowl to receive the liquid that drains off → un cuenco para recoger el líquido que se escurra
"received with thanks" (Comm) → recibí
their plans received a setback → sus planes sufrieron un revés
she is receiving treatment for eczema → está siendo tratada de eczema
he received hospital treatment for cuts to the face → fue tratado en el hospital de unos cortes que tenía en la cara
he received a life sentence → lo sentenciaron a cadena perpetua
he received a suspended sentence → le suspendieron la condena
to be well received [book, idea] → tener buena acogida
his suggestion was not well received → su sugerencia no tuvo buena acogida
her book was well received → su libro tuvo buena acogida
to receive sb into the Church → acoger a algn en el seno de la Iglesia
He received more of the blame than anyone → On lui a attribué une plus grande part de responsabilité qu'à tous les autres.
to receive an injury → être blessé(e)
I received assurances that ... → on m'a garanti que ...
to receive attention
Why is it that some designers receive so much attention and others don't? → Comment se fait-il que certains créateurs fasse l'objet d'une telle attention et d'autres non?
Your order will receive priority attention → Votre commande sera traitée en priorité.
The issue has received much media attention → Le problème a été abondamment traité dans les médias.
to receive medical attention → recevoir des soins médicaux
to receive a two-year sentence → être condamné(e) à deux ans de réclusion
"received with thanks" → "pour acquit"
to be received with enthusiasm [proposal, suggestion] → être accueilli(e) avec enthousiasme
to be received with alarm [news] → être accueilli(e) avec inquiétude
to be received with caution [proposal, suggestion] → être accueilli(e) avec prudence